Center for Bioethics
The Indiana University Center for Bioethics houses a robust program of research, support, and teaching. The Center was founded in 2001 to serve as a local, state, and national resource. Faculty at the Center manage and adminster the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program (BSAP) of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), which includes Indiana University School of Medicine; Indiana University, Bloomington; Notre Dame; and Purdue University. In addition, faculty teach responsible conduct of research and research ethics throughout the Indiana CTSI. Faculty also teach at the Indiana University School of Medicine and at Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis in the Department of Philosophy (including masters degree, bioethics track) and in the Department of Medical Humanities and Medical Studies.
Working with collaborators at Indiana University, Regenstrief Institute, and many other academic institutions, faculty at the Center conduct grant-funded research on bioethics, communication, and policy. Two current areas of focus include ethics issues related to precision health, working with others in IU’s Precision Health Initiative, and electronic health information.
For additional information about research and teaching, see the following link and individual faculty bios.
For additional information about education and support provided to researchers and others, see the following link.
For bioethics resources, including links to recorded talks held at the Center or by the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program of the Indiana CTSI, see the following link.
Rager selected for fellowship to study professional ethics
Josh Rager is one of 14 medical students chosen to participate in the 2018 Medical Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). As a FASPE fellow, Rager will study at some of the most prestigious universities in Germany and Poland and meet a Holocaust survivor.
“In light of the clinical and medical knowledge I’ve gained over the past few years, I look forward to the opportunity to investigate these issues with a group of medical students from around the country,” Rager said.
FASPE is not Rager’s first foray into medical ethics. Rager completed an undergraduate degree in religion and a master’s degree in bioethics before becoming a medical student. Bioethics training has already helped Rager navigate difficult clinical situations as a third-year medical student. Now, he can’t wait to dig deeper with FASPE program.
Exploring ethics through a unique perspective
FASPE provides a unique historical lens that engages fellows in an intensive course of study focused on contemporary ethical issues. Fellows in the Medical program learn from the diverse perspectives of other participants as well as through the power of place and context.
“By educating students about the causes of the Holocaust and the power of their chosen profession, FASPE seeks to instill a sense of professional responsibility for the ethical and moral choices that the fellows will make in their careers and in their professional relationships,” said David Goldman, FASPE’s founder and chairman.
Read more about Rager’s upcoming experience in Europe in this MD Student News blog post.